Donna E. Shalala

Donna E. Shalala

Professor, Health Management and Policy


An accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator, former University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala personifies outstanding leadership and dedication to public service. During her tenure as president, the University of Miami advanced into the top tier of U.S. research universities.

Shalala received her A.B. degree from Western College for Women and Ph.D. degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She served as president of Hunter College from 1980 to 1987 and as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.

Shalala was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration. In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Shalala was appointed by President George W. Bush to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, and in 2008 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. In 2009, she was appointed chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • President, University of Miami, 2001 - 2015
  • Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1993 - 2001
  • Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987 - 1993
  • President, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1980 - 1987
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1977 - 1980
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Program in Politics and Education, Columbia University Teachers College, 1972 - 1979


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 1970
  • A.B., Western College for Women, 1962

Honors and Awards

  • Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award, 2014
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand in My Shoes Award, 2014
  • Beacon Council Jay Malina Award, 2013
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2011
  • National League for Nursing President’s Award for National Leadership and Public Service, 2011
  • Nursing Spectrum/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011
  • Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, 2010
  • Helen Manzer Award, The New York University College of Nursing, 2010
  • International Women’s Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame Award, 2009
  • Dole Leadership Prize, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, 2009
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, United States President George W. Bush, 2008
  • Radcliffe Medal, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2008
  • Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Ellis Island Family Heritage Award in Education, 2008
  • University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research, Urban Leadership Award, 2008
  • Images in Excellence Award, Black Coaches Association, 2007
  • Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, 2005
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Silver Medallion Award for Service to Humanity, 2005
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing John P. McGovern Award, 2003
  • Harvard Business School Club Leadership Award, 2003
  • City of Miami, Miami Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) Award, 2003
  • Richard and Dorothy Lear Distinguished Educator Award, 2003
  • National Parkinson Foundation Award for the Support of Health Initiatives, 2003
  • The Black Business Association Leadership Award, 2002
  • The Boys and Girls Person of the Year Award, 2002
  • University of California San Francisco Medal, 2002
  • Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame—Dick Enberg Award, 2002
  • League of Women Voters – Distinguished Leader Award for a Lifetime of Public Service, 2000
Donna E. Shalala


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